Occupation information for Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand California


Manually move freight, stock, luggage, or other materials, or perform other general labor. Includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified.

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Currently Employed: 350,500

Projected Annual Job Openings: 61,180

Typical Hourly Wage: $17.50 - $23.06

Typical Annual Salary: $36,400 - $47,970

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: No formal educational credential

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: No work experience

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Less than 1 month on-the-job training

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typical job duties
  • Move freight, stock, or other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, or containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment.
  • Stack cargo in locations, such as transit sheds or in holds of ships as directed, using pallets or cargo boards.
  • Sort cargo before loading and unloading.
  • Attach identifying tags to containers or mark them with identifying information.
  • Record numbers of units handled or moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets.
  • Read work orders or receive oral instructions to determine work assignments or material or equipment needs.
  • Install protective devices, such as bracing, padding, or strapping, to prevent shifting or damage to items being transported.
  • Direct spouts and position receptacles, such as bins, carts, or containers, so they can be loaded.
  • Attach slings, hooks, or other devices to lift cargo and guide loads.
  • Maintain equipment storage areas to ensure that inventory is protected.
tools & technology
  • Dollies
  • Forklifts
  • Hammers
  • Hand trucks or accessories
  • Pallet trucks

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Inventory management software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software